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Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

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Partners: Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Ferdinand Graf, Otto Waechter, Alexander Isola, Jakob Widner, Armenak Utudjian, Martin Foerster, Stefan Weileder  
Number of partners: 8 Number of lawyers: 40
Languages: German, English, French

Firm Overview:
Graf & Pitkowitz was founded in 1994 and is one of the leading independent Austrian commercial law firms with offices in Vienna and Graz. The full service firm advises in all fields of Austrian and European business law with a client base from all sectors of industry — both domestic and foreign — and public authorities.

Graf & Pitkowitz has 40 qualified lawyers including eight partners — most are recognised experts in their field and have years of international experience. The firm is internationally known for its hard work approach and efficient and creative way of handling complex cases in a solution-oriented manner. Graf & Pitkowitz has an extensive network with international leading law firms across the globe — with whom the firm regularly cooperates based on a best friends philosophy.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance
Competition & Antitrust
Compliance & White Collar Crime
Dispute Resolution
Estate Planning/Trust & Estates
Insolvency & Restructuring
Intellectual Property/ P & IT
Projects/Procurement & Infrastructure
Real Estate & Construction

Banking & Finance:
Graf & Pitkowitz provides advice on the full range of banking law and on all types of financing, in particular acquisition and project financing. In recent years, the firm has built a strong banking litigation practice involving banking, regulatory and capital markets disputes — it has advised and represented in some of the largest cases/litigations in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
Contact: Otto Waechter Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
The firm’s competition and antitrust practice group has longstanding and extensive expertise — it provides comprehensive advice in all areas of European and Austrian competition law. Key strength areas are as follows: merger control filings, cartel/antitrust proceedings, abuse of dominance proceedings and advice on drafting contractual agreements and structuring of distribution systems, dawn raids and internal audits.
Contact: Ferdinand Graf Email: [email protected]

From the very beginning corporate law and mergers and acquisitions have been a core competence of Graf & Pitkowitz. The firm’s specialists advise on all matters of corporate law — often on complex corporate transactions such as restructurings, spin-offs, mergers and transformations — both in Austria and cross-border. Recent work highlights include advising a prominent Russian conglomerate on cross border restructurings and capital measures and advising one of the largest Austrian publicly listed corporations on the spin-off and subsequent merger of subsidiaries.
The firm has gained a strong practice in corporate litigation supporting clients in corporate disputes and representing in corporate litigation — both in judicial and arbitration proceedings.
Contacts: Ferdinand Graf, Otto Waechter Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
Graf & Pitkowitz is a top tier firm for all types of complex commercial litigation and arbitration — both domestic and international. The team has wide practical experience in arbitration proceedings under all leading institutional rules, including Vienna Rules, ICC, SIAC, Swiss Chambers, KCAB, UNCITRAL, SCC, Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, Czech, and ad hoc arbitrations. The firm has become increasingly well known for its work in high profile cases in the restitution of looted art, social media/data protection, telecommunication, white collar crime and shareholder disputes.
Partner Nikolaus Pitkowitz is considered one of the preeminent Austrian arbitration and dispute resolution practitioners. He has participated in nearly 100 arbitral proceedings.
Contact: Nikolaus Pitkowitz Email: [email protected]

Graf & Pitkowitz has for many years been recognised for its high quality work in employment law — advising domestic and international clients on all areas of individual and collective employment law — both in terms of an ongoing consultation as well as in the course of restructurings and business acquisitions (M&A related). Key strength areas include the drafting of all relevant employment law contracts, advising companies on compliance issues regarding labor relations and collective agreements, conflict management, and employment-related litigation.
Contact: Jakob Widner Email: [email protected]

Estate Planning/Trusts & Estates:
Asset and succession planning pose a major challenge to many wealthy individuals and entrepreneurs. Partner Armenak Utudjian has an excellent reputation and is advising on all aspects of succession planning and asset structuring including advising on related relevant areas such as corporate, real estate and employment — often in collaboration with experts from other practice groups. Key areas include in particular drafting of and execution of wills, enforcement of and defense against inheritance claims, legal issues in connection with structuring foundations and trusts (Privatstiftung).
Contact: Armenak Utudjian Email: [email protected]

Insolvency & Restructuring:
Graf & Pitkowitz has decades long been a leading firm for insolvency, restructuring and reorganisation. Practice group co-head Alexander Isola has been ranked for years among the very top lawyers in his field in Austria in all relevant rankings and handbooks. In recent years, this practice group has advised on almost every major insolvency and restructuring case in Austria — on many occasions as insolvency administrator, otherwise as advisor to debtors, creditors, and investors. Areas of expertise include in particular: advice on restructuring, insolvency, and reorganisation — both in and out of court, insolvency administration, distressed M&A, insolvency challenge rights, capital maintenance law and equity substitution, insolvency dispute resolution, international insolvency law.
Contacts: Alexander Isola, Stefan Weileder Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property/IP & IT:
Intellectual property is another core competence of Graf & Pitkowitz. The firm advises and represents clients in all areas of intellectual property law, information technology and data protection compliance. The spectrum of services ranges from all matters concerning trademarks, copyrights, patents and e-commerce among others. The practice group has great expertise and knowledge in data protection law — it has published a great amount on the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation.
Contact: Claudia Csáky Email: [email protected]

Projects/Procurement & Infrastructure:
Graf & Pitkowitz is renowned for its advisory work on large scale projects — in particular in the area of public procurement. In recent years, the firm has been involved in numerous large-scale projects representing domestic and international companies as well as public sector clients. The public procurement practice consists of advising clients on structure planning and implementing procurement proceedings for complex projects, including the right choice of procedure and assisting in drafting necessary procurement documentation and consultation on setting up and financing procurement companies. Graf & Pitkowitz regularly assists private bidders in their successful procurement participation. Key strength industry areas include infrastructure and transport.
Contacts: Otto Waechter, Stephan Schmalzl Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction Law:
The firms highly experienced practice group provides comprehensive advice relating to all matters of real estate including financing. Key areas comprise of drafting and negotiating real estate and sale-purchase contracts — from individual property to real estate portfolios — lease agreements, developer contracts, condominium agreements, relevant public law permits and representation in property related litigation. The client base includes private individuals and investors — both private and institutional — as well as developers.
Contacts: Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Martin Foerster Emails: [email protected], [email protected]


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